Nintendo Co. this week announced new titles in development for the Wii U hardware.
The company said it will release a brand new 3D Mario title, new Smash Bros. title, and a new version of Mario Kart to the Wii U. All three will be playable at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
In addition, a new Yoshi side-scroller that features cloth-like graphics similar to Kirby’s Epic Yarn is in development for the console.
Nintendo announced a new cross-over RPG title that will incorporate the Fire Emblem and Atlus Inc.’s Shin Megami Tensei franchises. No further details were provided regarding the project.
Also, the company is in development on a new Party title that will utilize functions of the Wii U GamePad, including shaking the controller to roll dice.
Nintendo said it will launch two new system updates for the Wii U, one in the spring and one in summer. The updates will address consumer requests including faster launch of software and a faster return to the Wii U Menu.
Finally, Nintendo will launch the Virtual Console service to the Wii U following the spring system update. The service will offer NES and SNES titles with off-TV GamePad functionality, access to Miiverse, and back-up saves. In addition, users who have already purchased titles sold can repurchase the titles for Wii U at a reduced price of $1.00 for NES titles and $1.50 for SNES titles. The company plans to offer Game Boy Advance titles to the Virtual Console service in the future.
Between Jan. and July, Nintendo will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Famicom Personal Computer by selling classic titles at 30 cents each. Titles include Balloon Fight, F-Zero, Punch-Out!!, Super Metroid and Donkey Kong.